Carmel High School Theatre


peterson.jimMr. Jim Peterson,
Director of Theatre and Film

Education: Master of Science in Education/Speech Communication, Theatre and English, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.; Bachelor of Science in Education/Speech Communication, Theatre and English, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

E-mail: (preferred method of contact)
Phone: 317.846.7721 ext. 7087
Address: 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032

JIM PETERSON is the Director of Theatre and Film in the Performing Arts Department at Carmel High in Carmel, IN and the Founding member of the Indiana Film Teachers and the Board of Theatre Teachers of Central Indiana.  He is also an International Baccalaureate Organization Film SL Independent Study Diploma Examiner and has been on the screening committees for the Heartland Film Festival Narrative Feature and the High School Film Competition for the past three years.

The Film program under his leadership experienced a great deal of success since the pilot program he launched in 2007. Each year his students’ films win contests including Phantoscope and the Heartland High School Film Competition. In 2012, his students won first and third place in the Heartland High School Team Competition. His own independent films have placed in festivals including the Indianapolis International Film Festival, the Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival and the Indiana Shorts Film Festival. In 1995, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Saving Star Wars at the London Sci-Fi Film Festival.

While the theatre director at Carmel, Mr. Peterson has directed twenty-three main stage productions, seventeen one-act plays, has written one play and adapted another. He has coached his ComedySportz team to victories since its inception in 2001 including a league championship in 2012. Students in the program have performed on two continents. Productions have been performed regularly at Regional Competitions, State Competitions and the IndyFringe Festival here in Indiana, and also the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has collaborated with numerous playwrights, experts and coaches including grants from both the Indiana Arts Commission and the Carmel Education Foundation to hire a professional playwright to work with his students.

Prior to Carmel, he served as an English teacher and the Director of Drama at Bloomington South High School (Bloomington, IN) and Huntington Park High School (Los Angeles. CA) where programs and students achieved similar success. He has also been an acting for television coach and instructor at John Robert Powers, INC. (Indianapolis, IN)

Peterson has served as an Adult Board Member for the Indiana Thespians for sixteen years and Chair of the Individual Events and Scholarship Competitions. He has served on committees and advisory boards for the Indiana Department of Education, the Professional Development Committee, the Technology Committee and Arts Program Evaluation Committee. His committee published the State Theatre Standards through the Indiana Department of Education.

In his spare time, he is a loving husband and father to two teenage boys, three dogs and two cats.


Maggie Cassidy Maggie Cassidy
Director of Theatre











Miss Britta Schlschlicht_brittaicht
Director of Theatre – Long-term substitute
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English education, Indiana University
Phone: 317.846.7721 ext. 7477
Address: 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032

Britta Schlicht is thrilled to be CHS’s new long term theatre substitute! A recent graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, Britta earned her degree in secondary theatre and English education graduating with highest distinction as a University Founder’s Scholar. Throughout her time at Indiana University, Britta enjoyed choreographing and performing in various productions with the University Players Theatre and Union Board. Most of all, she fell in love with her student teaching position at Bloomington High School North where she was granted the incredible opportunity to direct the fall play, William Inge’s Bus Stop, in addition to instructing various English and theatre courses. Britta has always had a strong passion for theatre education and has exercised her craft through her work as a teaching artist and choreographer with the Children’s Theater of Madison in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.



mr_seeligMr. Aaron Seelig
Director of Technical Theatre